A federal judge ruled Wednesday afternoon that a secretly recorded conversation between reputed Cicero mob boss Michael Sarno and Outlaw motorcycle member Mark Polchan allegedly involving loansharking can be used as evidence in the upcoming trial of the two men.
U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman decided to allow in the April 6, 2007, conversation between the men, over the objections of defense attorneys.
Guzman decided that the prosecution's theory that the chatter is about juice loans is certainly reasonable, though the defense can argue otherwise.
At one point Sarno appears to talk about setting loan terms.
"You could give it to 'em at 2 1/2 points and uh, make them responsible for it," Sarno says to Polchan, according to the government transcript.
The defense argues that the conversation appears to be about something in future and is unclear if it ever even happened.
The trial starts Nov. 9.